I thought I was going to be a Musician but after doing work experience at Bristol Old Vic when I was 15 years old I never looked back. I was freelance and travelled up and down the country with companies both as a performer and director, then became Director of Young People’s Theatre at The Point and Head of Learning at Oxford Playhouse before setting up Dot & Ethel. I love rummaging in skips for useful and unusual things and on occasion pick up my Clarinet for old times’ sake!
General Manager (having a wee baby!)
I started out as a freelance set designer before doing postgraduate studies in arts management. Prior to Kazzum, I was Creative Programmes Manager at The CIA, a public art commissioning agency, and Programme Co-ordinator at Chester Performs, where I produced site-specific performance and film events.
General Manager (for now!)
I graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre practice from The Royal School of speech and Drama. Having originally trained in Theatre design I went on to fulfil a number of roles within the theatre world. I Joined Kazzum in 2011 as a Volunteer Administrator and haven’t looked back!
Since spontaneously moving to London and graduating in Fine Art and Philosophy, I have worked within the arts as a Creative Enabler, Project Assistant and Programme Coordinator for a variety of artists and organisation including filmpro and Graeae Theatre company and I am now joyfully with Kazzum. I have a passion for people, equality, odd dancing and spreadsheets.
I moved to London to complete an MA in Anthropology of Media at SOAS. Since then I have worked in marketing and communications with charities in the arts and development sector. I also have been singing with various projects and make my own music using a loop pedal and ukulele.
I’m best known for playing Miranda in the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Before then I studied Theatre at Uni, was a stage manager and then in 2003 began working for loads of great theatres as an actor & I’ve also been on the radio quite a lot. Kazzum allows me to play & create unusual theatre. (next I want to be a Dr Who sidekick & get a dog.)
Jonathan Van Beek
I’m a Designer, Prop & costume maker. Originally from Nottingham, but I’m a London boy now. I studied at UAL & since 2009 I’ve worked with lots of great companies such as BBC, Graeae Theatre & Kinetika. But more importantly I’m now also working for Kazzum on Addressed to a Friend, Nana’s Jumble & Waiting Game
I’m a visual artist, director and creative facilitator with a love of playful, inclusive and participant centred projects. After studying drama at The University of Hull and then Visual Performance at Wimbledon School of Art, I’ve been lucky enough to work with children and adults all over the world – from Japan to the Maldives!
I’m a multi-disciplinary artist and facilitator based in London. Originally a poet and rapper, I’ve performed with multiple bands across the UK and Europe supporting some of music’s best known performers, including Ed Sheeran, Nick Mulvey and Lucy Rose. Since then, I’ve grown into a published poet and writer, as well as a performer creating outdoor theatre for some of the capital’s biggest companies including EEA, Talawa and Les Goulus. My A Line series has toured nationally to shopping centres across the UK and my ‘on the spot poems’ have connected with corporate events internationally. I’ve taught children, young people and adults for over ten years working for companies including Tender, The Young Vic Theatre, The Roundhouse, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and many more. I’m a true advocate for social change through the arts and will continue to engage new audiences in a variety of ways!
I’m a Lebanese-Spanish actor, theatre-maker, and facilitator whose primary practice is in contemporary work in or about the Middle East – particularly Lebanon and Palestine. I moved to London in 2006 to study at Goldsmiths and later trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. I create and performs work within the context of cultural resistance and facilitate workshops for refugees and asylum seekers as part of Kazzum’s Young Voices Pathway. I’m a co-director of Station House Opera’s latest telematic performance project, At Home in Gaza and London; which uses digital technologies to bring together the lives of people in both cities in real-time.
EVS Volunteer/Outreach Assistant
I’m the new EVS volunteer and super excited to be with Kazzum. I graduated with an BA in Contemporary Dance Education in Vienna and worked in the fields of Social Media and Community Management for several years. I’m interested in interdisciplinary arts, creative thinking, video games, start-ups and creating opportunities for the less fortunate.